If your company has invested the time and energy as well as countless dollars into implementing and training your teams on the proper safety procedures for your workplace, it can be frustrating when an accident happens despite the protocols you have in place. In this article and part two, we’ll take a look at 12 unsafe acts that happen on job sites.
After reading our article, if you have any questions about OSHA compliance, we recommend you speak with a knowledgeable Florida OSHA attorney to safeguard your employees and your business.
1. Unauthorized Use or Operation of Equipment
Unauthorized use or operation of equipment could result in death, injury, property damage, and even premature wear and tear of the equipment.
2. Failure to Secure or Tie Down Materials
When loads, whether carried on vehicles or by workers, shelving, or other materials aren’t secured or tied down properly, they can shift or fall off of vehicles unexpectedly.
3. Operating Equipment Too Fast
Employees may ignore protocol when they are under time constraints, but when production is more important than safety, accidents will happen. Properly assess equipment to determine the level of output the equipment is capable of performing without compromising the worker’s safety and the overall quality of work.
4. Failure to Issue Warnings or Signals
Clear communication is needed at all times to warn employees of “right-to-know” issues such as potential hazards or dangerous substances and ensuring paths are clear whenever a machine or vehicle is in use will help prevent unnecessary accidents.
5. Using Defective Tools or Equipment
Countless employees have found themselves injured simply because they’ve failed to inspect a tool or piece of equipment before using it. Once a defect is discovered, fix it properly or throw it out.
6. Removing Guards
Guards are in place for a reason, even if they are slow and a work hindrance, they should not be removed unless they are being repaired or replaced. Whenever a guard is removed, the equipment should be locked out.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.